How do I film Kodak 200T ISO with the correct ARRI tungsten lighting
Posted 19 February 2018 - 01:47 PM
Posted 19 February 2018 - 03:24 PM
If the lights are bright enough for 200T stock depends on several factors. The size of the lights and area they are illuminating. Arri lights come in a huge range of sizes (measured in Watts) from 100W to 18,000W if counting HMI's as well.
E.g a 150Watt arri light won't be able to light a wide shot in a church on its own and a 10,000 Watt arri will be overkill in a bathroom.
What you need is a light meter - this will allow you to measure the actual light level for the size lights your using, for the space your using. You put the shutter speed and film speed into the light meter and it will tell you the correct aperture for correct expose.
So its not a calculation that you need, its a measurement. You set up the lights, measure the light and then set the aperture, or adjust the lights and measure again.
Can't afford a light meter - A DLSR will serve at a pinch. Set the ISO to 200 and shutter speed to match you film camera. Then take some photos at different apertures - when you hit the correct exposure, do that on the film camera. Its not perfect but its close enough if your careful.
In terms of mixing outdoor (daylight) with electronic tungsten light (blue) - yes it won't match in terms of colour. Daylight looks much bluer then tungsten. So either you go with the mixed colour, eliminate the daylight and only use tungsten film lights or put CTB filters on the tungsten lights to match it too daylight. Or put CTO filters over the windows so they match the tungsten. Or use daylight balanced film lights (HMIs, Kinos, LED's etc)
Lots of tutorials on youtube on both light meters and colour temperature. Most cinematography text books should be able to get you upto speed as well
Posted 19 February 2018 - 03:30 PM
Also maybe practice on digital before you start burning though expensive film stock. Would also give you an idea of what size light you need for your location. Since the answer people are going to give will be along the lines of "how long is a peace of string"
Its not just about getting enough light to expose the film, but your probably going to want to create a mood, have a choice about hard or soft light etc...
Posted 20 February 2018 - 12:01 PM
Also makes sense to practice exposure and lighting with stills film. This way you learn to previsualize the image, which's probably the most important skill for a novice cameraman as it makes you learn the tools and their limitations and frees you from oversimplified formulaic BS they write in entry-level "cinematography" books, like "4:1 ratio for dramatism".